3 hours ago
One of the main reasons to visit the Arctic in the wintertime is the chance to see the #NorthernLights … and see them we did!!!! ✧ The Northern Lights occur when storms on the Sun eject particles toward the Earth, the particles colliding with our upper atmosphere in a brilliant display of fast-moving color and light. ✧ Given the fact that the Lights are dependent on particles from STORMS ON THE SUN TRAVELING ALL THE WAY TO EARTH, they can be tough to predict accurately. Even when they *do* occur, clear skies are necessary see them, so catching the Aurora is far from guaranteed. ✧ If YOU want to catch the Aurora, your best bet is to book a winter trip to the Arctic for 4-5 days to maximize your chances of seeing the Lights, then head out on a nighttime tour with local experts. @borderfreetravels and I went out with @christmas_house_safaris_santa in Rovaniemi, Finland, and our guide stayed with us well into the night as we time-lapsed, danced around to fight off the cold, and awaited the big show. ✧ You know how they say that “patience is a virtue”? Virtue or not, patience was necessary to catch this magic… so consider us virtuous indeed.